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Old October 26th, 2017, 09:49 PM   #1
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October, 26th, 1881 - Tombstone, AZ - Gunfight at the OK Corral

Tombstone, founded in 1879, was originally just a small border-town of less than a hundred residents. However, when silver was discovered that same year, the town rapidly grew in both wealth and population. For our purposes, there are two very important groups that immigrated to the town during this time. The first was a group of self-proclaimed ranchers who lived on the edge of Tombstone, but to everyone in town they were simply known as "The Cowboys", an outlaw gang that frequently dabbled in murder, thievery, and extortion. The other group was the Earp brothers, consisting of Morgan, Virgil, and Wyatt Earp. They were the law of Tombstone, though oftentimes stepping over the line in their duties.

The Cowboys and the Earps were naturally under tense relations. On side was law and order, the other was chaos and thievery. Both sides wanted to control Tombstone, and neither side wanted to give it up. Eventually this tension came to a head on October 26th, 1881. Five Cowboys rode into town to finally confront the Earps. The Earps, along with their friend Doc Holliday, responded by initiating a gunfight, in which three Cowboys were killed, while the Earps and Holliday survived. This gunfight is often seen as the peak of the Wild West, and no other gunfight is quite as ingrained in the American consciousness as this was.
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The United States Air Force launches Operation Ranch Hand, a “modern technological area-denial technique” designed to expose the roads and trails used by the Viet Cong.

Flying C-123 Providers, U.S. personnel dumped an estimated 19 million gallons of defoliating herbicides over 10-20 percent of Vietnam and parts of Laos between 1962-1971. Agent Orange–named for the color of its metal containers–was the most frequently used defoliating herbicide. The operation succeeded inn killing vegetation, but not in stopping the Viet Cong. The use of these agents was controversial, both during and after the war, because of the questions about long-term ecological impacts and the effect on humans who either handled or were sprayed by the chemicals.

Beginning in the late 1970s, Vietnam veterans began to cite the herbicides, especially Agent Orange, as the cause of health problems ranging from skin rashes to cancer to birth defects in their children. Similar problems, including an abnormally high incidence of miscarriages and congenital malformations, have been reported among the Vietnamese people who lived in the areas where the defoliating agents were used.

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October, 26th, 1881 - Tombstone, AZ - Gunfight at the OK Corral

Tombstone, founded in 1879, was originally just a small border-town of less than a hundred residents. However, when silver was discovered that same year, the town rapidly grew in both wealth and population. For our purposes, there are two very important groups that immigrated to the town during this time. The first was a group of self-proclaimed ranchers who lived on the edge of Tombstone, but to everyone in town they were simply known as "The Cowboys", an outlaw gang that frequently dabbled in murder, thievery, and extortion. The other group was the Earp brothers, consisting of Morgan, Virgil, and Wyatt Earp. They were the law of Tombstone, though oftentimes stepping over the line in their duties.

The Cowboys and the Earps were naturally under tense relations. On side was law and order, the other was chaos and thievery. Both sides wanted to control Tombstone, and neither side wanted to give it up. Eventually this tension came to a head on October 26th, 1881. Five Cowboys rode into town to finally confront the Earps. The Earps, along with their friend Doc Holliday, responded by initiating a gunfight, in which three Cowboys were killed, while the Earps and Holliday survived. This gunfight is often seen as the peak of the Wild West, and no other gunfight is quite as ingrained in the American consciousness as this was.
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The United States Air Force launches Operation Ranch Hand, a “modern technological area-denial technique” designed to expose the roads and trails used by the Viet Cong.

Flying C-123 Providers, U.S. personnel dumped an estimated 19 million gallons of defoliating herbicides over 10-20 percent of Vietnam and parts of Laos between 1962-1971. Agent Orange–named for the color of its metal containers–was the most frequently used defoliating herbicide. The operation succeeded inn killing vegetation, but not in stopping the Viet Cong. The use of these agents was controversial, both during and after the war, because of the questions about long-term ecological impacts and the effect on humans who either handled or were sprayed by the chemicals.

Beginning in the late 1970s, Vietnam veterans began to cite the herbicides, especially Agent Orange, as the cause of health problems ranging from skin rashes to cancer to birth defects in their children. Similar problems, including an abnormally high incidence of miscarriages and congenital malformations, have been reported among the Vietnamese people who lived in the areas where the defoliating agents were used.
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